India Inc. bowled over by Mohali match

March 29th, 2011 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) As India-Pakistan cricket fever grips the country, corporates are gearing up to cheer team India during the World Cup semifinal Wednesday, with leading industry associations making special arrangements to view the live telecast of the match.

Around 150 chief executives, business leaders and government officials will gather at Hotel Oberoi where the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is making an elaborate arrangements for viewing the live telecast of the match.

The match provides an opportunity to tap senior industry and government to check their cricket mania, CII said in a statement.

Vijay Thadani, incoming chairman of CII Northen region, will host a dinner at Oberoi that will have a full ’sports’ ambience, with the hotel staff dressed in team India uniforms, cricket nets and cricket caps.

“Around 150 CEOs and senior government officials including Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta will watch the exciting last two hours at the CII dinner together and cheer team India,” the industry association said in a statement.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is making an arrangement for its members to watch the cricket match at a big screen at its headquarters here.

Companies are also making special arrangements for their employees to watch the match in which India takes on Pakistan in the World Cup semifinal in Mohali, dubbed by many as “super final”.

According to an industry survey six out 10 people in India Inc. will not attend the office during the match.

In the survey carried out in Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Pune and Bangalore on 500 corporate employees in 50 offices, most have admitted that they won’t be able to concentrate on work properly owing to much hyped India-Pakistan clash.

According to the survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry, around 15 percent of corporates from Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Pune and Bangalore have declared a holiday as employees are applying for casual leave on one pretext or the other.

Some corporate houses are offering a half-day leave.

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